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Book review: 'At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing,' edited by George Kimball and John Schulian

Book review: 'At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing,' edited by George Kimball and John Schulian

At the Fights

American Writers on Boxing

Edited by George Kimball & John Schulian

Library of America: 517 pp., $35

Part freak show, part sitcom, part mortal combat — ah, yes, behold the world of professional prizefighting, the face-break social network, an ultraviolent art and craft that to some is more subhuman than true sport. Or, as a fictional character unlocked by a key to Rod Serling's imagination once put it, ever so luridly: "Sport? Are you kiddin'? If there was headroom, they'd hold these things in sewers."

Oh, I miss it so.

Not the splatter of plasma and phlegm that would fleck any of us occupying a chair at ringside....

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